Rob Ford's apologies around the crack video scandal
The Canadian PressMonday, February 10, 2014
TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been forced to publicly apologize for various behaviours and off-colour or insulting remarks since the so-called crack video scandal broke in May, 2013.
Here are some of Ford's apologies:
May 27: Apologizes to reporters for calling them a ``bunch of maggots'' during his radio show.
"I'm sure you understand this has been a very stressful week for myself and my family, but that doesn't justify using the terminology I did in describing the media,'' Ford said. "I sincerely apologize to each and every one of you.''
Nov. 3: Apologizes on his now-cancelled weekly radio show on Newstalk1010 for making mistakes including appearing in public while "hammered'' and texting while driving.
Nov. 5: Apologizes after admitting he had indeed smoked crack cocaine, likely in one of his drunken stupors.
"I know what I did was wrong and admitting it was the most difficult and embarrassing thing I have ever had to do,'' he said. "To the residents of Toronto, I know I have let you down. And I can't do anything else but apologize, and apologize.''
Nov. 8: Appears ashamed while delivering a statement in response to a video that surfaced of a rambling, enraged Ford in a profanity-laced tirade in which he threatens to kill someone.
"Obviously, I was extremely, extremely inebriated,'' he said. "I've made mistakes. I don't know what to say.''
Nov. 14: Apologizes for crude remarks he made earlier that day in which he denied offering a former female staffer oral sex, saying he had "more than enough to eat at home.''
"I want to apologize for my graphic remarks this morning,'' Ford said.
Nov. 18: Apologizes for running into Coun. Pam McConnell and knocking her over during a council meeting to strip the mayor of most of his powers.
"It was a complete accident,'' Ford said. "I do sincerely apologize to you, Coun. McConnell.''
Dec. 17: Reluctantly apologized for suggesting members of council were "corrupt.'' He initially said he withdrew his comments, but speaker Frances Nunziata said he needed to apologize.
"How about, 'I am so sorry,''' Ford said sarcastically. "Is that as good as I apologize? Or, 'So sorry?' Which one do you want, Madam Speaker? Like, 'Super, super, super, super, super, super, super sorry? So sorry?'''
Dec. 17: Apologizes to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, who served him with a libel notice saying the mayor suggested in a televised interview that the reporter was a pedophile. Dale says the mayor's apology didn't even come close to what he sought.
"I do not believe Mr. Dale is a pedophile nor did I intend to suggest that in my comments,'' Ford said in a statement read during a council meeting. "I wish to sincerely apologize again to Mr. Dale if my actual words have caused him any harm or personal offence.''
Dec. 18: Apologizes for a second time and retracts the comments he made about the Toronto Star reporter during an interview with Conrad Black.
"I wholly retract my statements and apologize to Mr. Dale without reservation for what I said,'' Ford said in a statement. ``Finally there was absolutely no basis for the statement I made about Mr. Dale taking pictures of children, or for any insinuations I made. I should not have said what I did and I wholly retract my statements and apologize to Mr. Dale without reservation for what I said.''
Feb. 10: Admits he lied about his drug use in the past because he was "embarrassed." Ford had previously said he had been truthful in the midst of the crack cocaine scandal, and that reporters had simply not asked the "correct questions."
"Did I experiment with drugs? Yes I have. Why did I lie? I think everybody in the world has lied, because I was embarrassed," Ford said on his new YouTube show, "Ford Nation." "I didn't want to tell the truth. That's the only answer I can give. That's as straightforward as I can be."